COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Philosophy of Tantra
Course Code: 
17PHL538
Year Taught: 
2019
Type: 
Elective
Degree: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Philosophy of Tantra' is an elective course offered for M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Unit I

The Evolution of Tantras: The Vedas and the Tantras, Origin and the Development of Tantras

The Siva Tantras (18 Agamas): Their Ritualistic Character

The Eight Yamalas: Rudra, Kanda, Brahma, Visnu, Yama, Vayu, Kubera and Indra; Their Development in the Tantric Sadhana

Unit II

Three Currents of Tantric Traditions: Daksina, Vama and Madhyama, Significance of Tantric Sadhana

Unit III

The Buddhist Tantras: Introduction, Similarity to Saktism in essence

The Brahmanical Tantras: Saiva, Vaisnava, Saura and Ganapatya

Unit IV

Tantra as a Way of Realization: Pure and Perfect Consciousness, Being and Bliss, Cit-Sakti and Cid-Vilasa

The Spirit and Culture of Tantra: Types of Sadhanas and Sadhakas, The Seven Acaras and Saptabhumikas

Unit V

Significance of Diksa (Initiation): Modes of Worship, Kulajnana

Realisation of the Supreme: Paths Towards Realisation, Kala, Tattva, Bhuvana, Varna, Pada and Mantra.

REFERENCES

  1. The Tantric Tradition. Delhi: S. Weiser, 1975. English.
  2. PanditMukunda Rama Shastri (Tr). The Para-Trimshika. Delhi: 1991. English.
  3. Ganapati Sastri (Ed). Tantra Samuccaya. Delhi: J R Gharpure, 1990. English